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The Classic Collection features four of the great classic movies in a Limited Edition DVD Box Set.
Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if your name is on the Nazi's most-wanted list. Atop that list is Czech Resistance leader Victor Laszlo, whose only hope is Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one… especially Victor's wife Ilsa, the ex-lover who broke his heart. So when Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo's safe transport out of the country, the bitter Rick must decide what's more important – his own happiness or the countless lives that hang in the balance.
Director: Michael Curtiz, Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre
“Rightly one of the most popular – if not the most popular – films of all time.” Film4
“There's a reason the world loves this wartime film, now digitally restored: more memorable dialogue than should be strictly legal, heartbreaking performances from the two leads and a plot that works with Swiss-watch precision.” Daily Telegraph UK
“This is it. The best movie ever made.” DVD Talk
“One of those rare films where every shot and every quotable line of dialogue counts, there's not a dead patch in Casablanca.” Total Film
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Lara inspires lechery in Komarovsky (her mother's lover who is a master at surviving whoever runs Russia) and can't compete with passion for the revolution of the man she marries, Pasha. Her true love is Zhivago who also loves his wife. Lara is the one who inspires poetry. The story is narrated by Zhivago's half brother Yevgraf, who has made his career in the Soviet Army. At the beginning of the film he is about to meet a young woman he believes may be the long lost daughter of Lara and Zhivago.
Director: David Lean, Stars: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, Tom Courtenay
“Literate, oldfashioned, soul-filling and thoroughly romantic.” TIME Magazine
“One of the most meticulously designed and executed films.” Variety
“beautifully crafted 193 minute opus from the master of epic cinema, David Lean.” Film4
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Adapted from Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this dazzling epic stars Vivien Leigh as the tempestuous Scarlett O'Hara and Clark Gable as the dashing Rhett Butler. Forever linked by passion and separated by pride and self-delusion, these unforgettable screen lovers bring Mitchell's immortal saga vividly to life, set against the stunning backdrop of a time and place forever Gone With the Wind.
Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell
“Grand old Hollywood at its most magnificent and melodramatic. Say what you like about the soapy characterisation and plotting, the spectacle flattens all in its wake.” Film4
“To see Gone With the Wind on a big screen again is to weep for the fearlessness with which Hollywood once believed the sublime was possible.” Entertainment Weekly
“Even though the habits of movie- goers have changed over the years, it's easy to see why this film provoked such an outpouring of praise and adulation during its initial release, and why its stature has grown with the passage of decades.” ReelViews
Ben Hur (1959)
Judah Ben-Hur lives as a rich Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 1st century. Together with the new governor his old friend Messala arrives as commanding officer of the Roman legions. At first they are happy to meet after a long time but their different politic views separate them. During the welcome parade a brick falls down from Judah's house and barely misses the governor. Although Messala knows that they are not guilty he sends Judah to the galleys and throws his mother and sister into prison. But Judah swears to come back and take revenge.
Director: William Wyler, Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet, Martha Scott
“A masterpiece of epic filmmaking” IGN
“The biggest and the best of Hollywood's super-spectacles.” TIME Magazine
“It's very much of its time, overblown and overlong – but Ben-Hur is rightfully lodged at the forefront of Hollywood history.” Film4
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